Tiger Woods was conscious and talking after the crash, the authorities said.
Tiger Woods suffered severe leg injuries after driving a luxury SUV in the middle of a road in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, crossing in the opposite lane of traffic and rolling several times before getting into several hundred in a grassy area. . Officials said he set foot from where he was driving.
Emergency workers arrived at the scene shortly after 7am Pacific time and took 45-year-old Woods to the nearest trauma center, where the golfer’s manager said he had gone into surgery. Authorities said Woods was in critical but stable condition at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and his injuries were not fatal.
Woods When they arrived, Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, giving him his name and appearing “charming and calm”, said he was the first officer of the incident. Deputy Gonzalez said Woods was unable to stand on his own due to his injuries.
Woods was driving near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verids and was heading downstream along a road where people often drive more than the 45 mph speed limit, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference.
Sheriff Villanueva merely stated that Woods appeared to be driving at “higher than normal speed” and that he was not harmed by drugs or alcohol. He said Woods did not appear to be impaired, “for example, there was no attempt to draw blood to the hospital.”
The sheriff said it was not yet clear what the cause of the accident was. He said no other vehicles fell, and there were no skid marks at the scene.
Mark Steinberg, Woods’ longtime agent, said in a statement around noon that the golfer was “currently in surgery,” adding: “We thank you for your privacy and support.”
Deputy Gonzalez said that when he arrived at the scene, Woods initially did not appear to be very concerned about his injuries, which the officer said was common with accidents when people are in shock. He said Woods was wearing his seat belt and had airbags positioned on his SUV.
Deputy Gonzalez told the news conference, “He told me that his name was Tiger and at that moment, I immediately recognized him.”
Woods was driving a Genesis SUV, built by Hyundai’s luxury division. Last weekend, he hosted a PGA Tour event, Genesis Invitational in Southern California, sponsored by the Car Division.
Villanueva said Woods’ vehicle at the intersection of Blackhorse Road was heading north on Hawthorn Boulevard, hitting the “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” sign and a tree as it rolled, Villanueva said.
Videos from local television stations showed Woods’ vehicle in an open, grassy area, with his hood broken and his windshield broken.
The sheriff’s office initially said Woods was removed from the vehicle with a hydraulic spreader device known as the “Jaws of Life”, but fire officials later said the equipment was not used Was. Daryl L., head of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Osby said rescuers used an ax, among other tools, to eject Woods from the SUV.
Chief Osby said Woods had injuries to both legs and was probably placed on the seat as a standard precaution after serious accidents in the case of a spine injury.
Woods has not played competitively since December, and he had a fifth operation in January, a procedure called microdisectomy, to remove a piece of pressurized disc that was pinching a nerve. Interviewed on the broadcast of Genesis Invitational, Woods said that he has started practicing again, and he appeared comfortable, smiling and joking with CBS announcers about his progress from surgery. But he did not present a timetable for his return to competitive golf.
He merely stated that he hoped to resume playing by the Masters tournament, which is held throughout the first week of April.
On Monday, at an event at Rolling Hills Country Club near Los Angeles, pictures on social media showed Woods happily interacting with various celebrities, including NBA player Dwayne Wade. During the ceremony, Woods gave players golf tips and limited instructions, but was not swinging a golf club.